The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast


Former World #21 John Lloyd

Season 6, Ep. 1

Born and raised in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, John Lloyd has lived a legendary tennis life. We discussed what his junior career was like, how he came up with Borg and Vitas, and how he knew he could be a pro from the time he was 16. He was a fixture on tour through the late 70s thru the mid 80s. He reached the finals of the 1979 Australian Open, becoming the first Englishman since Fred Perry to reach the final of a major. He got to 21 in the world in 1978.

He talked in length about what life on tour was in the 70s and 80s and he talked about his marriage to Chris Evert, and how they started dating during Wimbledon. He told an amazing story about what it was like to be around her at the height of her career.

We discussed the Raducanu coaching carrousel, his thoughts on Jack Draper, his good feelings about British tennis.

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